S.U.M.,LLC NFP believes in fairness and equality and recognizes the value of inclusiveness by encouraging the full participation of all individuals in fulfilling its mission of helping to sustain vital human services for those seniors who need help most while attempting to reduce such needs for future generations. S.U.M.,LLC NFP recognizes the strength of diversity, which acknowledges and celebrates a society of different individuals, cultures and perspectives whose knowledge, skills and talents enrich and strengthen us as a people. S.U.M.,LLC NFP believes in and practices equal opportunity in its operations, community engagement, employment and decision-making and encourages inclusion of diverse members of our community.
(Diversity statement adopted by the S.U.M.NFP Board in April 2008
We have been in existence since 1988 ( 501 (c) 3 application pending ) Currently over 50 volunteer members are working relentlessly to help raise funds to assist our often forgotten senior citizens. People, that have paid their dues to society, educated us, fought for us, and otherwise worked hard to help improve our country. Now they have to worry about decisions that sometimes you and I take for granted such as paying utility bills or purchasing medications to improve their quality of life. Every cause is a worthy one, however helping our seniors should be everyone’s cause. After all, aren’t we all working toward the day when we can retire?
An excerpt from our corporate culture reads, " Our accepted challenge is to recognize the needs, quality and quantity when it pertains to helping others and to do for them is to do for us." Our goal is to do what we can, whenever we can to assist those in need.
On behalf of all who will benefit from your and others generosity, S.U.M. (Senior Utility Money) thank you for your donations.
S.U.M. Donor Bill of Rights
PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes (in this case Senior Utility Money) they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights.
I. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
VI. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
(Adopted by the S.U.M.NFP Board May 2008)